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Android’s next big update may be entirely contextual (in 2015)

Android’s next big update may be entirely contextual (in 2015)

This week there's been word from Google - in a round-about way - that a new contextual OS will be coming our way by 2015. Based on the wording delivered in the tip, this could easily be another push for Android - and based on how infrequent the updates to Android have been over the past year or two, it's not unrealistic that it would be delivered by the suggested 2015.

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Moto X and the dawning Context Ecosystem

Moto X and the dawning Context Ecosystem

The Moto X is too expensive. It's underpowered. It's ugly. Consumers don't want color options. They don't want to talk to their phone, just on it. If it's not metal, it's not premium. Man, the Moto X is a disappointment. Some of the instant - and vocal - criticisms of Motorola's new phone have bordered on the vitriolic, the backlash perhaps again proving that pre-reveal hype can be a double-edged sword. Nonetheless, there's a sense that in immediately dismissing the Moto X on how it measures up to today's phones, we're missing out on recognizing how it could be showing us the shape of the phones of tomorrow.

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Moto X hands-on

Moto X hands-on

Motorola is back, and the Moto X is its coming out party. The culmination of Google's new hand on the wheel, the "context aware" smartphone promises to step away from the core-chasing that plagues Android today, and instead deliver real usability improvements like entirely voice-activated Google Now, a camera with better low-light performance that doesn't sacrifice megapixels along the way, and the promise of all-day battery life. Google has had a year to work with Motorola for this relaunch: the Moto X is the fruit of that labor, and it's already tasting mighty fine. Read on for our first-impressions as to why the Moto X is a mobile game-changer.

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Moto X Moto Maker customization debuts “Made in USA” smartphone

Moto X Moto Maker customization debuts “Made in USA” smartphone

Once upon a time, you could have your cellphone in any color you liked, as long as it was black. Motorola wants to change all that with the Moto X, offering the new smartphone not only in black and white versions, but in multiple color finishes and even wood. At the heart of it is Moto Maker, a new online customization service that pairs US assembly with a big range of different shell options.

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Moto X official: Touchless Google Now and 10MP Clear Pixel camera

Moto X official: Touchless Google Now and 10MP Clear Pixel camera

The Moto X is official, relaunching Motorola and bringing Google Now to the forefront of the Android experience. The year-long handiwork of Google's new management, the Moto X trades spec-bingo for usability and customization options, like sixteen casing colors to choose between, and instant all-voice access to Google Now. Inside the 4.7-inch 720p HD smartphone there's a new Motorola X8 architecture and a custom-stacked battery for balancing power and runtime when it lands on all five networks this August.

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